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Babaru of The South Seas

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by: an ethnographic novel by john olin
Books with a 5 star rating  (2)
Publication Date: February 14, 2014
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 304
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781620309971

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Book Synopsis
Mentored by anthropologist George Beal, a sixteen-year old redhead, Davy Match of Baltimore, USA, goes to the South Pacific in search of the endangered leatherback sea turtle (Babaru) and the Mota people who protect it as their clan animal. He joins a local boy named Abraham. They trek through noisy rainforests, paddle an outrigger dugout over clear lagoons, and have a wild ride on the tail of a typhoon off a taboo headland. Their journey brings them face to face with a forest girl, a wild man, a sorcerer, as well as giant turtles and crocodiles. A girl, Niki, from the village of Shell Money Reef, and many other children join the boys, and they make a courageous effort to protect Mother Babaru from human predation and the effects of sea level rise on nesting beaches. Davy and Niki share a mutual first kiss, and through reenacting a Melanesian creation myth, they save Babaru and restore the clan of that name. Book is based on author's research and experiences in the Solomon Islands.
Customer Comments
Posted: April 7, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
Well written and researched. Exciting adventure story.
Charlotte Gelston
Posted: January 22, 2022
Customer comment 0 star rating
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It had all the elements of a good story: interesting plot line, wonderful descriptive writing, character development and excitement. The ethnological information was especially intriguing.
About The Author
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Pictured in his Klepper kayak, the author circumnavigated Santa Isabel island in the Solomons Archipelago. Trained in ethnography, he studied customs regarding leatherback sea turtles, and lived many of the adventures in this book.
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